ROCKINGHAM — A woman is facing more than a dozen drug-related charges after allegedly selling meth, pills and weed during undercover buys.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Community Impact Team had received complaints of 45-year-old Kelly Elaine Hinson selling narcotics in the area of South Street and Freedom Drive.
During the investigation, detectives reportedly purchased unspecified quantities of methamphetamine, alprazolam and marijuana from Hinson.
Hinson was arrested Friday, May 19 and charged with three felony counts each of: possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; selling methamphetamine; delivering methamphetamine; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hinson was booked into the Richmond County Jail on $75,000 secured bond and appears to have since been released.
The charges did not appear in the online state court records on Tuesday afternoon, so her court date is unknown at the time of this writing.
Records with the N.C. Department of Correction show Hinson has prior convictions in three counties.
Hinson was convicted in 2002 of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in Richmond County and initially given probation, which was revoked the following year, landing her behind bars for nearly five months.
In 2005, Hinson was given probation when she was convicted in Montgomery County on two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
Two years later, she was convicted in Richmond County of unauthorized use of motor conveyance and incarcerated for about six weeks.
Hinson was again convicted in Montgomery County of hit and run and driving while license revoked in 2009.
Her most recent conviction was in Moore County in 2015 on two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and one count each of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, both misdemeanors, as well as a felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.